Project Title: The Role and Contributions of  of African Women Writers to the Development of Modern African Lit.

Faculty Sponsor: Ernest Emenyonu

Department: Africana Studies

Telephone: 810.762.3353


Project Description: 

For much of the second half of the 20th century male writers not only dominated the literary scene in Africa but projected an attitude that seemed to look down on women writers who dared to 'intrude' on the literary landscape, prompting a critic to declare: "African Literature is a male-created, male-oriented, chauvinistic art.' Although there has been an upsurge of female creativity since the last two decades of the 20th century, the perception that women are 'consumers' rather than 'contributors' in the field of African Literature has not been thoroughly erased despite strong  feminist movements and  productive  creativity  to the contrary.

This research  project attempts a close study of  the role and contributions of female writers to the development of modern African Literature from the middle of the 20th century to the present.   

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:  The student will assist in the collection, documentation, collation and typing of data and text. In addition, the student will help to proof-read typed materials and preparation of a final manuscript.

Minimum Student Qualifications: Computer competence, ability to type scripts accurately with minimum supervision. Previous experience will be an advantage. Project has candidate in mind.